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09-15-2007 11:42 AM  10 years agoPost 1
DSM

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Coopersburg, PA USA

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I first became interested in RC helicopters long before computer sims. I remember seeing a trainer consisting of a flat plate controlled by servos. You put a ball on top and when you could control and hold it's position anywhere on the surface, you were ready! I was impressed with how hard it seemed, and wonder if anyone has used one.

I never got that, but recently bought a Quick Worldwide Sweetie 530MM. Something came together during the training (sim and real) and suddenly I could hover! That was a thrill! I wasn't sure it would ever happen.

While QWW may not be the highest volume manufacturer, living only about 3 miles from their facility made my buying decision easy! They were very accomodating, even encouraging me to build it in their shop. I got past my first crash too, to the tune of a few hundred bucks. I even mananged to total the antenna. Repair parts available locally 6 days/week along with friendly support helped ease the pain!

I wonder if they have any customers living closer than me?

I work lots of hours in the fall, so I'm hoping the flying skills don't drop off too much.

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09-15-2007 04:35 PM  10 years agoPost 2
rogerl

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Northfield Ohio

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I was flying the nitro helicopters in the early 1980's. I still have my Schluter HeliBoy and HeliStar. I made one of the "simulators" you talked about to practice. I was never able to get the hang of pointing it "nose in". It was a lot of fun to play with. I am now back into the electric helicopters with a T-Rex 450 SE. This winter I think I am going to get the HeliBoy out and get it ready to fly. See how it compares to the T-Rex.

Roger

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09-15-2007 04:51 PM  10 years agoPost 3
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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"Manual" Trainers?

They have a couple of those at the air musem near Lakeland, Fl. No servos, it's a full size mechanicly controlled ball/plate to show how full size helis are controlled by the cyclic stick. I didn't get a chance to try my heli skills, to many kids waiting to try them, plus someone stole the ball from one.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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09-16-2007 08:00 AM  10 years agoPost 4
aerton

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Longueuil, QC, Canada

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Just reiterate in your mind every control and what it will do to the heli. Fly slow, VERY slow and think what you are doing. Throttle hold if you realise you don't know what to do and it's in a dangerous situation. In a calm weather. It's like a newborn learning to walk. If it tries to run, it will fall.

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09-16-2007 08:07 AM  10 years agoPost 5
george0079

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does anyone have any pics of one of these trainers?

Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!

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09-16-2007 08:52 AM  10 years agoPost 6
thtoyman

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I like to see pics to. My wife think about trying to fly a heli.lol maybe with the sim, She say no way.lol May great keeping my helis for me.

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09-16-2007 09:04 AM  10 years agoPost 7
Stu.

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Abrakebabra Kebab shop

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While QWW may not be the highest volume manufacturer, living only about 3 miles from their facility made my buying decision easy! They were very accomodating, even encouraging me to build it in their shop. I got past my first crash too, to the tune of a few hundred bucks. I even mananged to total the antenna. Repair parts available locally 6 days/week along with friendly support helped ease the pain!
Everyone who goes into that shop says he same thing. im sure theres some sort of mind control going on

Stu

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09-17-2007 01:37 AM  10 years agoPost 8
SuperSixTwo

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Virginia City, NV ---USA

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I saw one of these manual "simulators" with the STICK on ebay a while ago. Wouldn't be hard to make, maybe yaw axis and the collective might be difficult.

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09-17-2007 01:47 AM  10 years agoPost 9
trunkmunki

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Bangor

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White training stand?

I got one a LONG time ago in a trade for lots of parts and a (crappy) helicopter before I knew any better. Amazingly, they are still for sale (about $200) and I sold my 10-year old one for like $170 to a club. One man's trash...

As for the plat 'n' ball trainers, I remember those. They also had a couple set up (for full scale) at Ft. Rucker. I don't know if they still do, I want to say they got rid of them or put them in a museum or something towards the end of spring this year. The really do work.

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